Category: New jazz piano lesson updates

This is the place to find lots of information about updates for new jazz lessons.

Jazz basics 3: the dominant 7 chord in jazz

Why is the dominant 7 chord in jazz so important? To answer this question I will first separate this chord into two categories: moving and static. Moving This applies generally to any classical harmony but when this dominant 7 chord in jazz is moving towards its resolution it can be thought of as a tension… Read more »

Jazz Basics, part 2

More about the most important chord in jazz: the dominant 7. When discussing jazz basics there is nothing more basic than your understanding of the dominant 7 chord and its functions. Let’s begin by taking a look at the row of the seven 7th chords constructed over one major scale. Here is an example of… Read more »

Finding the sweet notes

Finding the sweet notes In video lesson 24 of Learn Jazz Piano  I focus on how songwriters employ ‘sweet notes’ to add that spine tingling effect to their melody. I then relate this to jazz improvisation and show you how to employ this technique in your solos. Here’s an extract from chapter 10 of my eBook… Read more »

How to play a jazz solo

How to Solo My learn jazz piano video course is now around half way through the series ‘How to play a jazz solo.’  There now follows a summary of these lessons so far with a link to my jazz course. Lesson 21:  Connecting hands   In this lesson I take you through techniques to incorporate… Read more »

Learning Jazz Piano lesson 22 now available

Learning Jazz Piano with Paul Abrahams ‘HOW TO SOLO, PART 2.’ The second video lesson in this learning jazz piano series is called ‘Chords and their scales.’ In lesson 22, I take the 4 chord types and pair them with all their scales and modes. The obvious pairings are as follows: Major chords: major scale Minor chords: dorian mode… Read more »

Lesson 21: study jazz piano with Paul Abrahams

Study jazz piano with Paul Abrahams Click here for my jazz course ‘CONNECTING HANDS.’ I have now produced 20 videos in the series ‘Study jazz piano with Paul Abrahams.’ This is the first video lesson package in the series ‘How to solo.’ When soloing, most of us get busy with our right hands at the expense… Read more »

16-20 lesson pack for Jazz Piano video course

lessons for jazz piano video course As I’ve now completed 20 video lessons of my Jazz Piano course,  I’ve packaged lessons 16-20 into a discounted 5-pack. This is an update on the above: you can now subscribe to  my complete jazz piano course. Click here for link You can also start at lesson 11 by… Read more »

Lesson 20 of Play Jazz Piano Online now available!

Lesson 20 of Play Jazz Piano Online is all about Rhythm Changes. My Play Jazz Piano Online video course would not be complete without a tutorial about Rhythm changes. Next to a 12-bar blues, this is the most important chord sequence in jazz, and  is one that every jazz musician needs to be familiar with. Rhythm Changes is… Read more »

So What’s Next for Jazz Piano tuition online?

Jazz piano tuition online would not be complete without Rhythm Changes Well, I’m about to start work on lesson 20 and it will be called Rhythm Changes. This is based on the tune ‘I Got Rhythm’ by George Gershwin. Next to a 12-bar blues, Rhythm Changes is the most important chord sequence in jazz, but… Read more »

Lesson 19 – jazz improvisation: reharmonising a jazz standard

Jazz improvisation I’ve finally completed lesson 19  of jazz improvisation.This new 30 minute video shows you how to reharmonise a lead sheet and employ substitute chords to make for a more creative solo. This will take your jazz improvisation to the next level. Following on from lesson 18, I’ve taken All The Things You Are… Read more »